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Naxos congratulates Ondine and Accentus Music in the 2012 Gramophone Awards

September 28, 2012

The Finnish record label Ondine has been awarded the prestigious Gramophone Award in the Contemporary category with its recording of Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto and Percussion Concerto by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Storgårds.

Under their chief conductor John Storgårds, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra builds on long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot’s music. This is their eleventh recording of Rautavaara’s music for Ondine.

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognised as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine garnered numerous awards (including a recent GRAMMY® nomination for his opera Kaivos).

Leipzig-based label Accentus Music and their critically acclaimed production of Bruckner’s Symphony No 5, performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado, and directed by Michael Beyer was announced winner of the DVD Performance category. The concert was recorded live on 19 and 20 of August at the KKL in Lucerne in cooperation with Lucerne Festival in summer 2011.

With reviews praising how the ‘sound is excellent, the camerawork sensitive and technically first-rate’, from Gramophone itself, as well as Classical Music Magazine urging readers to ‘simply buy it, mortgaging the cat if need be’, there is no surprise that this production has also won a prestigious a Diapason d’Or.

2012 Gramophone Awards

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